Commodore's Revamped C64 Replicas to Ship This Week

Commodore USA LLC promised a working C64 replica (with modern internals) by "late spring," but despite a tie-in with Tron: Legacy, nothing has shipped yet. However, in a YouTube post (somewhat less obvious that a press release, guys) the company has promised pre-orders will begin shipping this week.

Commodore USA posted the video, which shows their Florida facilities, on Friday, June 17. It's just a montage, really, but the post with the video at YouTube's site has the important info: shipping of pre-orders begin this week.

Pricing ranges all the way from $250 (for a pretty much empty chassis) to $895.

The C64 will sport a mini-ITX PC motherboard featuring a dual-core D525 Atom CPU (1.8Ghz) and an NVIDIA Ion2 graphics chipset. Storage ranges as high as a 1TB hard drive, with RAM starting at 2GB (4GB is an option). The C64 can have either a slot-load DVD, tray-load DVD, or Blu-ray.

No Windows, though, at least as shipped. The system will come with Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on CD, ready to install, and Commodore OS 1.0, along with emulation functionality and a classic game package, will be mailed to purchasers when available. Windows can be installed by end users, themselves.

Watch the latest video, below, along with the earlier cross-promotional video.

Tags:  Linux, Ubuntu, Commodore, C64